Montclair Literary Festival at the Montclair Public Library: In the Young Adult Room
The Montclair Literary Festival is presented by Succeed2gether in conjunction with Montclair Public Library, Watchung Booksellers, and Montclair Art Museum, with the support of Montclair State University and many others. The Festival is a celebration of reading, writing, ideas and all things book-related. Drop in for an hour or stay all day, but be sure to join us to celebrate Montclair and reading for all.
- 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Writing without Boundaries: Self–Expression through the Written Word
Writers from Matheny Medical & Educational Center’s Arts Access Program explore themes that include love, disability, family, faith, and more, in readings from their work and a discussion of the creative process and the messages they want to share. At Arts Access, adults with developmental disabilities are empowered to create art without boundaries.
- 12:15 – 1:15 pm Going Rogue: Alternative Ways to Get Into Print National Book Award finalist Min Jin Lee launched her writing career without an MFA, as did upcoming writers Kem Joy Ukwu, Ananda Lima, Teka Lark and Brea Tremblay. Come and find out about their writing and publishing journeys, the pros and cons of an MFA, and alternative approaches to the writing life.
- 1:30 – 2:30 pm The Story Behind the Story Bruce Coville has published over 100 books for kids featuring magic and monsters, unicorns and aliens. Find out where his ideas come from as he tells the story behind the story of The Monster’s Ring, the first book in The Magic Shop Series. (Age 8+)
- 2:45 – 3:45 pm Halfway There Reading Series Montclair’s popular reading series presents work by five emerging local writers: Nancy Burke, Dani Fleischer, Carole Stone, John J. Trause, and Kristen Witucki.
- 4:00 – 5:00 pm Poetry as Resistance Ghana Imani Hylton moderates a conversations about art as activism, looking in particular at poetry as a medium for social justice. With readings and discussion from local poets Pamela Hughes, Tanya Manning-Yarde and Teka Lark.